NEW YORK, June 2 E*Trade Financial Corp on
Monday said its customers averaged about 148,000 trades a day in
May, down 14 percent from their daily volume in April and about
9 percent lower than in May 2013.
Investors and analysts monitor monthly trading data from
discount brokers such as E*Trade to get a sense of
investor confidence in the stock market and investing in
general. Assets flowing into mutual funds along with trading in
individual stocks has gradually increased in recent years from
very low levels following the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.
Though trading was especially strong at the end of 2013, it
has been declining on a monthly basis this year at TD Ameritrade
Holding Corp, Charles Schwab Corp and E*Trade,
the largest publicly traded brokerage firms that offer
low-commission trading to retail investors.
E*Trade's monthly trading report is the first among the
discount brokers this year to register a year-over-year decline.
In April, its daily average trades were 21 percent higher than
in the same month of 2013, though down 13 percent from March
Daily trades at E*Trade, the smallest of the three discount
brokerage firms with about 3.1 million brokerage accounts,
averaged 197,000 in March, 171,000 in April and 148,000 in May.
The March and April trading data were higher than for the
comparable months in 2013, but May's average daily trading
volume was off from almost 163,000 in May 2013.
TD Ameritrade and Schwab have not yet reported their May
trading metrics, but have reported steadily decreasing
month-over-month trading in each of this year's first four
E*Trade plans to issue additional May data as part of its
standard monthly report on or about June 13. It released the
trading number early to conform with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission's fair disclosure requirements because it is
presenting the monthly data to stock analysts at a meeting on
The company also said Monday that regulators allowed it to
move $75 million from its bank subsidiary to the parent company
this quarter, a sign that E*Trade continues to recover from bad
loans at the bank that nearly killed the company during the
(Reporting by Jed Horowitz; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)